Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Methylmercury TMDL - Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction
Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction
This webpage contains information about the Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Program (MERP). The primary goals of the Delta MERP are to increase understanding of contaminants in fish and reduce exposure to mercury among people who eat fish from the Delta. The Basin Plan requires all entities that are responsible for meeting TMDL methylmercury allocations in the Delta to also participate in the Delta MERP. All interested stakeholders, including Delta community-based organizations, Tribes, and fish consumers, are welcome to attend MERP meetings. Program information is also available on the Delta Conservancy's Delta MERP website: http://deltaconservancy.ca.gov/delta-mercury-exposure-reduction-program-merp/
- Community Stakeholder Meetings
- New! Annual Activity Plan 2016-2017
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Delta Advisory Signs - Informing the Public How to Eat Delta Fish Safely
Click on each picture to open a copy of the PDF sign
The Delta MERP Posting Project seeks to remedy the lack of accessible information about methylmercury (the methylated form of mercury) in fish frequently caught in the Delta waterways. The Delta MERP is coordinating with communities and stakeholders to post fish consumption advisories at 145 sites throughout the Delta. MERP advisories were developed using advisories issued by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) with guidance on the specific types and amount of Delta fish that can be safely consumed by vulnerable groups in the population.
- New! Fish Consumption Advisory Sign-posting Protocols
- Fish Consumption Advisory - Sign-posting Activities & Dates - Coming Soon!
- Delta MRP Project Flyer, October 2014
- Delta MERP Workplan, final version, October 2013
In early October, staff submitted a MERP Exposure Reduction Workplan to the Executive Officer on behalf of the entities that elected to participate in a collective workplan (Workplan Transmittal Memo) . On 22 October 2013, the MERP Exposure Reduction Workplan was approved (Workplan Approval Letter).
- Final MERP Strategy, 15 November 2012
- Funding Levels for Collaborative Delta MERP (revised Appendix B)
Appendix B of the November MERP Strategy identifies the funding levels that are needed from individual entities in order to support a reasonable, collaborative exposure reduction program in the Delta. Staff prepared this "revised Appendix B" to clarify column headings and lower the funding amounts for Year 3 of the program.
- Delta Community Needs Assessment Final Report
Follow this link to San Francisco Bay Fish Project exposure reduction program documents and products, including needs assessment (see Dec. 2010 meeting materials), stakeholder advisory group documents, and signage development.